1998 Dodge Dakota SLT 4x2 5.2L from North America
Great looking all around truck!
- Exhaust catalytic converter completely rusted out. Replaced with a straight pipe.
- A/C compressor bearings just went at 119k.
- Stock tires are garbage and look like they came off a Stratus. Replaced them immediately.
Inherited this off my father, who babied this truck, and he purchased it off a senior years back who also babied it. I don't even think either of them hit WOT.
This thing runs like new! As others have mentioned, this truck (and many other Dodge models) runs rich. So certain things need to be cleaned and maintained properly every now and then. No tranny issues yet, and I haven't changed the fluid either. Going to do this next and install a tranny cooler.
Braking is a typical truck; not great, but not bad either. Drums in the rear.
Handling feels like a sedan. Very smooth. Amazing for long trips though! The seats are also super comfortable.
The 318 motor is very reliable and has been used in many Dodge vehicles over the years. It has decent pep and sounds great!
Gas mileage as expected, but isn't that bad, especially for a V8. Small gas tank (60L) and I average about 400km. Mid 300's if you're aggressive.
All in all, a great truck, and I plan on keeping it for a while since it has such low kms and little surface rust; it should last a long time.
Would I recommend this truck? Absolutely! They don't manufacture many mid-sized trucks anymore. If you can find one in decent shape, pick one up. They are fairly cheap used. Also this motor is WAY BETTER than the newer 4.7L.
I love the body style as well.
With a few minor mods, this truck will look and drive amazing. Future plans this year include a lift kit, aftermarket rims and larger tires, new paint, Flowmaster exhaust and air intake.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2013